Johnny Depp accuses ex Amber Heard of severing his finger with a vodka bottle
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard married in 2015, but the following year, the actress filed for a domestic violence restraining order against the Pirates of the Caribbean star.
Depp has since vehemently denied any allegations of violence against his former wife, although later settled the divorce out of court. The pair settled for $7 million in August of 2015, all of which Heard donated to charity.
Following this settlement, both actors signed non-disclosure agreements to prevent them from discussing their relationship in public. However, Depp is now suing his ex-wife for defamation, after she wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post in December 2018.
In it, Heard spoke about her experience as a victim of domestic violence - and although she never mentioned Depp by name, it has still seemingly been enough to prompt his lawsuit.
In court documents obtained by People Magazine, Depp submitted a statement giving his account of the relationship. As part of this $50 million lawsuit, he has accused her of abusing him.
Amber Heard reveals startling details of alleged abuse during her marriage to Johnny Depp:
"I have denied Ms. Heard’s allegations vehemently since she first made them in May 2016 when she walked into court to obtain a temporary restraining order with painted-on bruises that witnesses and surveillance footage show she did not possess each day of the preceding week," Depp wrote. "I will continue to deny them for the rest of my life."
"I never abused Ms. Heard or any other woman," he said, adding:
"She was the perpetrator, and I was the victim. While mixing prescription amphetamines and non-prescription drugs with alcohol, Ms. Heard committed innumerable acts of domestic violence against me, often in the presence of a third-party witness, which in some instances caused me serious bodily harm."
Depp's statement also claims that she "hit, punched, and kicked me," in addition to Heard frequently throwing "objects into my body and head, including heavy bottles, soda cans, burning candles, television remote controls, and paint thinner cans, which severely injured me.”
He went on to describe one alleged incident in which he asked Heard to sign a post-nuptial agreement, after which she "went berserk" and threw bottles at him, including a large glass vodka bottle which struck his finger.
"I had to have 3 surgeries to reconstruct my finger and contracted MRSA three time,” the actor claimed. "I feared that I would lose my finger, my arm and my life."
Following these new allegations, Heard's lawyer Eric George gave a statement to People Magazine, in which he insisted that Depp "repeatedly beat Amber Heard". George stated:
"The evidence in this case is clear: Johnny Depp repeatedly beat Amber Heard. The increasingly desperate attempts by Mr. Depp and his enablers to revive his career by initiating baseless litigation against so many people once close to him – his former lawyers, his former managers, and his former spouse – are not fooling anyone.
"In light of the important work done by the #TimesUp movement highlighting the tactics abusers use to continue to traumatize survivors, neither the creative community nor the public will be gaslit by Mr. Depp’s baseless blame-the-victim conspiracy theories"
The outcome of this lawsuit remains to be seen, as is whether these new allegations are backed up by the third parties Depp suggests they are.